Short Legs for Little Legs

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Project by BillGo posted 12-21-2020 10:10 PM 800 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son has a little project table in the playroom for his two little boys for puzzles and coloring etc. It is clearly a kids table, the legs are 24” long, but the “grands” are still tiny! that table is more like a stand-up desk for them now… I thought about sawing off the legs, but I know they will not be vertically challenges forever, and will soon want those longer legs back. So I took measurements off the legs into the shop this weekend and made new ones. It was so nice to have examples to work from. I just took the dimensions from the one and made them shorter (18”). I even stole the hardware off of the long legs to use on the new ones…

I used a piece of soft maple to fashion the legs from. This was the first project I have made from soft maple and I really like it! It had a big grey pattern in it that looked interesting when I started planing it out, and when I applied the poly finish WOW! It turned more of a brown with copper highlights. Check out the left leg in the picture with all four. I couldn’t believe they all came from the same board!

I made a little jig out of two pieces o MDF, with a “V” cut in it (two 45 degree cuts) to hold the legs on “edge” so I could cut the notch on the band saw. Then I used the belt sander to smooth it out.

I also modified a straight edge clamping jig that I use at home instead of a jointer to work like the taper jig I saw once on a Jim Heavey instructional video. With this jig, I anchored the bottom using the center of the leg. It wasn’t critical for these legs, as only two sides were taper cut, but I really wanted to try it, and I thought it worked great.

Now that the legs are done, I am thinking I should build a way to store them up under the table so the legs that aren’t being used don’t get lost…

-- Bill - in New Hampshire

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#1 posted 12-22-2020 05:10 AM

Nice legs (.I think i might have said that to a girl or two in my younger years).

What is the length of the original legs and the length of the ones you made? i also have to make a tabke for the grandkids and some benches to go with them. my wife doesnt like chairs for kids so i guess benches it is.

once again nice job on the legs

-- No dust on the floor....No money in the bank

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#2 posted 12-23-2020 03:19 AM

Thanks! The original legs were 25” the new height 18” is the height my daughter came up with based on the height of the chairs she ordered. I have set the table up with the new legs and the chairs and seen Henry sitting in it. I will take a picture when I can and post it back here. Henry is your 18mos.

Have fun building your table!

-- Bill - in New Hampshire

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#3 posted 12-27-2020 05:06 AM

I delivered the table today. Here are a couple pictures showing it in use…

-- Bill - in New Hampshire

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